Around the districts: Achonry-Mullinabreena, Cloonacool, Dromore West and Tubbercurry


Ligo Field Club Journal

The Sligo Field Club has just published its seventh newspaper. This journal includes a number of articles relating to South Sligo. In particular: ‘Knocknashee – An unusual Bronze Age village on a hill’, ‘Court Abbey – A Francisan Third Order Regular Friary’ and ‘Rathscanlon and Ballyara – An Ancestral Place’. Copies will soon be available from Liber Bookshop, Sligo or online at

Halloween Camp

Party Party Time, based at the Ballincarrow Community Center, will host a four-day Halloween camp for children ages five to 12 from October 26-29. A variety of fun activities are in store, including a magic show, arts and crafts, games, circus skills and fancy dress.

Full information and registration can be found on be for details, email [email protected] or call 086 3930929.

Outstanding Employee Award

Congratulations to Majella O’Donnell, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Dementia, whose work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Dementia was recognized in the 2021 Healthcare Excellence Awards. Majella, of Carrowrile, provides support to people with dementia, a received the Exceeding Expectations Award – Exceptional Employee Category.

Agonry farmer’s market

The Hospice Coffee Morning organized by Achonry Farmers Market last Saturday raised € 1,600. The Market Committee would like to thank everyone who kindly contributed. Please continue to support the weekly market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Nace O’Dowd Park to ensure its continued success. Come have a cup of tea / coffee and meet the locals in this friendly environment.

The market has a new and unused stall and if anyone has any items for the stall, please drop them off at the market.

Nace O’Dowd Park

Work continues on the lighting installation to facilitate evening access to the walking / running track as darker evenings approach. They will soon be ready to turn on the lights of this community facility.

St. Nathy’s supports mental health

The One Good Club committee unveiled their unique commemorative jerseys to celebrate the hard work of the entire club in the #OneGoodClub campaign. Every member of the club, from managers to players, received this special jersey to continue to raise awareness about mental health. Sligo Leitrim’s Mental Health Department engaged with St Nathy’s during their campaign, which was held earlier in the year, and will continue to promote mental health services in the future.

Music class

Music lessons will resume at Colemans Music Center from September 27. A wide variety of instruments are offered, from flute, violin, bourán and banjo to name a few. Contact 071 9182599 or [email protected] for more details.

Social prescription and welfare service

A social prescription and wellness service is available through Tubbercurry FRC. The service provides details on support and activity services. This is a free and confidential service. Contact Mary Kilroy on 071 9186926.

Community Notes

Please send any news or announcements you wish to include in the community notes to [email protected] or by phone 087 8822302.


Café reopened for the hospice

The Mill Community Café, Cloonacool, has reopened but for one day only. The North West Hospice benefited from the profits raised during the opening of the café on Saturday, September 25. A special thank you to everyone who supported the reopening and to all the Café volunteers who made this special day possible and raised essential funds for our local hospice.

Support the park lotto

The members of the park committee are in the process of seeking your support for the next year of their park lotto. Tickets are now available for the 2021-2022 Cloonacool Community Park Lotto Draw. The profits will go to the operation and development of the community park. The committee there always seems to be making ends meet and yet always comes up with new developments. It’s a place we all love, whether it’s watching Gaelic games or enjoying the lighted walking tour.

Please support their work so that we can continue to enjoy the facility. The annual subscription is 120 € and starts in September. Now is the time to renew or start your contribution. And of course there is always a chance to win the jackpot which currently stands at € 5,800. Please support us.

Confirmation day

The Bishop of Aquonry, Paul Dempsey, will visit the parish on Friday October 1 so that the children of the sixth class can receive the sacrament of Confirmation. The celebration will be a little different from previous years as it will take place in the Saint-Michel church. The group of children will also include first year students who have evolved since the last day of confirmation in the parish.

Music class

Great news for all of our Comhaltas friends and traditional music enthusiasts, with the relaxation of covid regulations we are delighted to inform you that traditional music lessons will resume at the Tubbercurry Family Resource Center in early November.

We are very happy to say that Michael Hurley our talented and enthusiastic tutor is available to teach whistle, flute and violin. Should you wish to contact him in the meantime regarding tuition fees, his mobile number is 086 6036243. Updates with more information on these courses in the coming weeks.

Times Gone – May 1939.

Splendid Acting at Cloonacool: St Cummin Players sparkles in front of a packed house. The St Cummin Players presented the New Gossoon in Cloonacool Hall last Thursday night, May 18th. Numerous plays have been performed there since the venue was built in 1922, but none of them has attracted more attention than this play. The acting was very natural and true to life with all of the characters fitting in well.

A hallmark of the evening was the success achieved by each of the girl actresses who first appeared in the limelight. Nancy Powell, as Widow Carey and Eleanor Burke as Sally Hamill, could hardly be improved anywhere, while Francie Burke, playing a minor role, was also very good. John Neary is certainly a splendid character, and his Thursday night acting as Rabbit Hamill the Trapper was excellent, as was Bill Henry playing Peter Carey. He did a first class job of his role and his acting won a lot of applause.

A newcomer to Michael Battle has shown real acting merit by his portrayal of Ned Shay, the servant. He played the character well and made a very honorable demonstration. Ned Cunleen as Mad Henley was one of the best and his acting was immensely appreciated, as was that of Séamus Burke, who excelled in the role of Mag Kehoe. It was a difficult game well played. Anthony Price, as New Gossoon, played his role well. Much praise must go to MJ J Tansey, NT, who coached the players and helped them make such demonstrations.


Please ensure your notes are sent to [email protected] by noon on Thursday.


Spraoi Glas – Farmer’s Market

The next Spraoi Glas Farmers Market in Dromore West will be on Saturday October 2nd. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. preserves, jewelry – reserve your stand on 087 9968865.


Knock to Collooney N17 bypass

A short list of options for the Knock to Collooney N17 bypass was posted in August 2021 and can be viewed at Additional meeting dates have been added to the public consultation process to facilitate the collection of the results of the community discussions.

Meetings will be held at St Attracta Post-Primary School on Monday September 27 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and at the CBD Sports Center, Charlestown on Wednesday September 29 (1 to 5 p.m.). Please note that pre-booking is essential for these meetings. Reservations can be made by calling 071 91 1199.

Parish news

The weekly parish bulletin indicated the following dates for the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion: Confirmation on Friday October 1 and First Communion: Saturday October 9 at St Michael’s Church in Cloonacool and Saturday October 16 at St. Church. Saint-Jean-l’Évangéliste, Tubbercurry. The parish bulletin is available on the parish website at or on Facebook at

Improvement of the forest path

work is underway on the forest path to extend it by about 1 km. This expansion can be seen by users of this extremely popular local equipment located next to the Spruce Lane and will provide additional options for all to enjoy.

Used clothing collection

A used clothing handover for the benefit of the Cloonacool community center will take place on Thursday, September 30. If people would like to arrange a different drop-off day, please contact Attracta on 086 3058844 or Fiona on 087 2618550.

Music lessons at Coleman Center

Information on registering for music lessons is available at [email protected] or 071 9182599.

Women’s football

Kudos to the B County Under-12 Champions of the CT Gaels who beat Eoghan Rua on Saturday September 17th in Ballisodare.

Sligo Field Club Journal

The Sligo Field Club Journal is available for purchase in the Laundry Basket. This edition of the journal contains many informative accounts of the history and archeology of County Sligo and neighboring counties.

Articles of interest to people in southern Sligo include stories about the settlement of Knocknashee, the Franciscan convent of Court Abbey, Lavagh and the ancestral places of Ó hÉara Riabhach in Rathscanlan (Forest Trail) and Ballyara; both less than a mile from Tubbercurry, on Ballina Road.

Northwest Simon Virtual Sleep Out

On Friday October 1, we are calling on residents of the Northwest and beyond to swap their beds for sleeping bags for a single night by participating in the Virtual Sleep Out for North West Simon Community. People. interested in participating should register at

New service at the Family Resource Center

The FRC offers a new service to members of our community who feel isolated and alone, who are dealing with stress and / or bereavement or other mental or physical challenges. Information and assistance is available by contacting Mary on 071 9186926/086 4092724.

A referral request can also be made through your GP or other healthcare professional.

M-Pact Course for Families Affected by Drug / Alcohol Abuse: A free and confidential eight-week program for the whole family will begin on November 2. Contact Philip on 085 8759319 or [email protected]

Sligo PPN Fall Newsletter

The Sligo Public Participation Network (PPN) fall newsletter provides a great overview of activities and events organized by groups across the county in September, October and November. The newsletter also includes information on events taking place in the near future and is available at

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